Who Will Land The Historic 1000th #1 Single On The ‘Billboard’ Hot 100?

Robbie Daw | February 10, 2011 9:09 am

This week Wiz Khalifa’s tribute to his hometown football team, “Black And Yellow,” climbed to the #1 position on Billboard‘s Hot 100 after 18 weeks on the chart (thanks to the Steelers making it to last week’s Super Bowl). And in the process, the Pittsburgh MC scored the 999th chart-topping single since the Hot 100 was first published on the week of August 4, 1958. So who’s going to earn the milestone 1000th #1? Before “Black And Yellow,” Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” and Katy Perry’s “Firework” had been flip-flopping at #1 since December, with each spending a total of four non-consecutive weeks on top. In the midst of all that, Britney Spears managed to sneak in an interrupt the Bruno/Katy musical lovefest for a lone week in late January with “Hold It Against Me.”

Pink flirted with having her second #1 single off her Greatest Hits…So Far!!! collection two weeks back when “F**kin’ Perfect” climbed to #2, but this week she dropped down to #4 now that Wiz Khalifa has leapfrogged Katy and Bruno to the top.

So that brings us to the Glee cast, who are currently managing to clog the first 10 positions of the iTunes Top Songs chart (including #1) with seven songs from both the series’ post-Super Bowl episode and Tuesday’s Valentine’s Day-themed show. That said, Glee has yet to land a tune at the top of the Hot 100, since Billboard also factors in radio airplay when figuring single positions each week.

That would leave another option—Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” which is being released tomorrow morning. Billboard‘s chart cut-off for sales each week is Sunday evening, and as the publication notes, with “a heavy promotional push and Lady Gaga’s expected buzzworthy performance Sunday (Feb. 13) at the 53rd Grammy Awards, to be telecast live on CBS, the lead single from the star’s forthcoming third studio album could amass enough out-of-the-box sales and radio audience to secure the song coveted status as the Hot 100’s 1000th chart-topper.”

That is, unless “Black And Yellow” lodges a second week at #1. In which case, we’ll have to wait another week to find out who lands the chart milestone—and by then the contenders may be switched up a bit.

Who do you think will earn the 1000th #1 single on the Hot 100?